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2017 Anthem Annual February

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports will make the step up to the Prototype class in 2017, with the intention of running a Gibson-powered Ligier JS P217 for a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Brian Cleary New Year, New Era New DPi Cars Introduced During 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona For fans attending the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, it will be like Christmas all over again as the event unwraps the shiny new Daytona Prototype international cars debuting in this year’s Rolex 24. Spectators can expect to see entries from three different manufacturers — Cadillac, Mazda and Nissan. The new DPi entries put an emphasis on speed, safety and aerodynamics, along with the bodywork design cues and engines that connect them to manufacturers. The new DPi cars are built by respected racing technology companies from the United States and Europe. Their “world platform” chassis represent the latest racing technology. IMSA has welcomed this new generation by enlisting manufacturers to design their own distinct bodywork. 232 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL In addition to engaging some of the sanctioning body’s most successful teams, the new cars have attracted a stellar lineup of international drivers to the race, which annually opens the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season at Daytona. Included among them is a bevy of previous Rolex 24 winners, as well as fourtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. In his return to the Rolex 24, Gordon will co-drive the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. with Wayne Taylor Racing’s regular endurance line-up of Max Angelelli, Ricky and Jordan Taylor. “When I announced I would no longer be competing full-time in NASCAR, my hope was that I would get an opportunity like this to compete again in such a prestigious event — with Konica Minolta and Wayne Taylor Racing — with the hopes of winning it this time,” Gordon said. “I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination.” It is a reunion of sorts, since Gordon co-drove when Wayne Taylor Racing finished third in the 2007 Rolex 24, coming home two laps behind the winners. “It was great the first time with Jeff,” Angelelli said. “We might have won that race if some things would have gone our way. Now that it’s happening again, with the new car, it’s going to be absolutely great.” Combining the two worlds of sports car racing and automobile manufacturing is a time-honored practice, enabling manufacturers to pursue speed and endurance in the cauldron of competition. The DPi cars are taking a great leap forward in this process because of the aerodynamic and technical sophistication of this new generation of prototypes. “The DPi-V.R race car was an exciting new canvas for the Cadillac design and sculpting team,” said Andrew Smith, an executive with Global Cadillac Design, which undertook the challenge of helping Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon is expected to return to the Rolex 24 At Daytona as a co-driver in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. with Wayne Taylor Racing’s regulars Max Angelelli, Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor. ISC Archives & Research Center


2017 Anthem Annual February
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